Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, new rules to protect passengers have led to misunderstanding, and in some cases, outright insult to the Muslim faith, leaders say. The ban on bringing liquids onto planes, for example, has led to some instances where security officials dumped out water from the Zamzam Well in Mecca that is considered holy and blessed for Muslims. The water is taken as a sacred souvenir from the well that Muslims believe God created to nourish Hajar and Ishmael, the wife and son of the prophet Abraham, who were banished from their homeland around 2000 B.C. Visiting the well is one of the rituals of hajj, a journey Muslims are required to make at least once in their lifetime. Roughly 4million followers from around the globe gather for the pilgrimage, expected to begin Dec. 18 this year depending on the sighting of the new moon. Because of sizable crowds and concern over disease and injury, the trip is never easy, pilgrims say. New security regulations enacted by the United States and Saudi Arabia, which has limited the number of visas it issues for short-term travel, have compounded the difficulty. For their part, security officials at LAX say they have taken measures to educate personnel about hajj travel, which this year falls smack in the middle of Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s Day. A fact sheet was sent to all frontline security screeners on what to expect from travelers, and emphasized the importance of professionalism, said Kevin McAleenan, area port director for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which processes more than 8 million passengers a year at LAX alone. The meeting was also an “important exchange on what hajj travelers can expect from us,” he said. “We wanted to kind of demystify the process.” Women, for example, can request private searches if they are asked to remove their head scarves, and anyone who is searched can ask to speak with a TSA supervisor, he said. “I think it’s gone well in the past, and we’d like to continue that,” McAleenan said. This is the first trip that Usman Madha has taken to Saudi Arabia for hajj since the Sept. 11 attacks, and he isn’t taking any chances. The Culver City pilgrim is going with about a dozen others as part of a package coordinated by a professional travel group. It is crucial that the trip go well, he and others say. The hajj is one of the five “pillars,” or requirements, of the Muslim faith. “It’s something you’ve been taught and learned about since you’re very young,” said Madha, director of King Fahad mosque. “You look forward to it your whole life. … I don’t think any Muslim in the world can describe how it feels to stand there with millions of other Muslims. It is overwhelming.” email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe pilgrims, for example, will likely gather in sizable groups to recite daily prayers in the airport, which does not have a private chapel. Upon returning, the men will likely have shaved heads in keeping with one of the rituals of hajj, and the pilgrims may be carrying gallons of water culled from a sacred well in Mecca. “There is still fear that exists within the Muslim community because of the way they have been perceived,” said Affad Shaikh, civil rights coordinator for the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. The meeting was in part spurred by problems experienced last year in Minneapolis, where six Muslim clerics were removed from an airplane after passengers complained about the men praying before the flight. Locally, concerns about ethnic profiling were heightened after the Los Angeles Police Department proposed – and eventually scrapped – mapping Muslim communities. That and other topics will be addressed today at the seventh annual Muslim Public Affairs Council conference that is expected to draw thousands to the Long Beach Convention Center. As thousands of Muslims prepare to embark on their holy pilgrimage to Mecca, local Islamic leaders are reaching out to teach others about the rituals of their faith. Their immediate concern is for the Muslims traveling through Los Angeles International Airport. Leaders want their experience to go smoothly in light of heightened security and lingering fears on the part of the public. “We want to make sure no one in this country is fearful while traveling,” said Shakeel Syed of the Shura Council of Los Angeles, an umbrella organization that oversees mosques and masjids in Southern California. “At the same time, we want to make sure Muslims can successfully fulfill their religious obligations.” Thousands of Muslims are headed to Saudi Arabia to participate in a historic and sacred pilgrimage called hajj. Syed and leaders from other Muslim groups organized a meeting with officials from U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Transportation Security Administration earlier this month to quell anxiety over some of the travel habits of these passengers.
Marshfield, Stratford, Auburndale to host regional semifinals May 30By Paul LeckerSports ReporterThe brackets have been released for the 2017 WIAA spring baseball playoffs, which begin next week.Play starts with regional quarterfinals in Divisions 2, 3, and 4 on Thursday, May 25. Regional semifinals in all divisions will be Tuesday, May 30, with regional finals on Wednesday, May 31.Sectional semifinals and finals will be played on Tuesday, June 6, with the survivors advancing to the 2017 WIAA State Spring Baseball Tournament in Appleton on June 13-15.Locally, Marshfield is the No. 7 seed in the Division 1 Sectional 1 bracket and will host No. 10 New Richmond in a regional semifinal May 30. The winner advances to a regional final at No. 2 Chippewa Falls. The sectional is June 6 at Bukolt Park in Stevens Point.In Division 3, Stratford, Spencer, and Auburndale are in the same Sectional 2 regional.Stratford is the No. 1 seed and will host a regional semifinal May 30 against the winner of No. 5 Colby vs. No. 4 Spencer, which will be at Spencer High School on May 25.Auburndale is the No. 2 seed in the same bracket and also earned a first-round bye. The Apaches will host the winner of No. 6 Abbotsford at No. 3 Marathon in a regional semifinal on May 30.Marshfield Columbus Catholic is the No. 5 seed in the Division 4 Sectional 2 bracket and will play a regional quarterfinal at No. 4 Wisconsin Rapids Assumption. The winner moves on to a regional semifinal May 30 at No. 1 seed and Marawood Conference South Division champion Pittsville.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)2017 WIAA Spring Baseball PlayoffsDivision 1Sectional 1Regional semifinals, May 30No. 9 Menomonie at No. 8 HudsonNo. 12 Merrill at No. 5 River FallsNo. 11 Superior at No. 6 Wisconsin RapidsNo. 10 New Richmond at No. 7 MarshfieldRegional finals, May 31Menomonie-Hudson winner at No. 1 Eau Claire NorthRiver Falls-Merrill winner at No. 4 Stevens PointSuperior-Wisconsin Rapids winner at No. 3 Eau Claire MemorialMarshfield-New Richmond winner at No. 2 Chippewa FallsSectional 2Regional semifinals, May 30No. 9 Ashwaubenon at No. 8 Green Bay Notre DameNo. 12 Wausau East at No. 5 D.C. EverestNo. 11 Green Bay Southwest at No. 6 RhinelanderNo. 10 Pulaski at No. 7 Bay PortRegional finals, May 31Ashwaubenon-Notre Dame winner at No. 1 Green Bay PrebleD.C. Everest-Wausau East winner at No. 4 Green Bay East/WestGreen Bay Southwest-Rhinelander winner at No. 3 De PereBay Port-Pulaski winner at No. 2 Wausau WestSectional 3Regional semifinals, May 30No. 9 Holmen at No. 8 PortageNo. 12 Sparta at No. 5 OnalaskaNo. 11 Sauk Prairie at No. 6 MiddletonNo. 10 La Crosse Logan at No. 7 ReedsburgRegional finals, May 31Holmen-Portage winner at No. 1 La Crosse CentralOnalaska-Sparta winner at No. 4 WaunakeeMiddleton-Sauk Prairie winner at No. 3 BarabooReedsburg-Logan winner at No. 2 TomahSectional 4Regional semifinals, May 30No. 9 Appleton West at No. 8 MenashaNo. 12 Kaukauna at No. 5 West De PereNo. 11 Appleton North at No. 6 Appleton EastNo. 10 Manitowoc at No. 7 NeenahRegional finals, May 31Appleton West-Menasha winner at No. 1 KimberlyWest De Pere-Kaukauna winner at No. 4 Oshkosh WestAppleton North-Appleton East winner at No. 3 Oshkosh NorthNeenah-Manitowoc winner at No. 2 HortonvilleSectional 5Regional semifinals, May 30No. 9 Janesville Parker at No. 8 Fort AtkinsonNo. 12 Madison La Follette at No. 5 OregonNo. 11 Stoughton at No. 6 Madison MemorialNo. 10 Milton at No. 7 ElkhornRegional finals, May 31Janesville Parker-Fort Atkinson winner at No. 1 Janesville CraigOregon-La Follette winner at No. 4 Beloit MemorialStoughton-Madison Memorial winner at No. 3 VeronaElkhorn-Milton winner at No. 2 Madison WestSectional 6Regional semifinals, May 30No. 9 Hartford at No. 8 DeForestNo. 12 Sheboygan South at No. 5 WatertownNo. 11 Slinger at No. 6 Sheboygan NorthNo. 10 Madison East at No. 7 Monona GroveRegional finals, May 31Hartford-DeForest winner at No. 1 Sun PrairieWatertown-Sheboygan South winner at No. 4 Fond du LacSheboygan North-Slinger winner at No. 3 Beaver DamMonona Grove-Madison East winner at No. 2 OconomowocSectional 7Regional semifinals, May 30No. 9 Milwaukee Pulaski/Arts/Carmen South/Juneau at No. 8 Milwaukee BradleyNo. 12 Milwaukee Washington/Collegiate Academy at No. 5 Milwaukee Hamilton/AudubonNo. 11 Milwaukee Vincent at No. 6 Milwaukee Madison/Carmen Northwest/Morse/Marshall/Languages/University AcademyNo. 10 Milwaukee Bay View/Lifelong Learning at No. 7 Milwaukee SouthRegional finals, May 31Milwaukee Pulaski-Milwaukee Bradley winner at No. 1 Hartland ArrowheadMilwaukee Hamilton-Milwaukee Washington winner at No. 4 Milwaukee KingMilwaukee Vincent-Milwaukee Madison winner at No. 3 Milwaukee ReaganMilwaukee South-Milwaukee Bay View winner at No. 2 Milwaukee Riverside/Golda MeirSectional 8Regional semifinals, May 30No. 9 Racine Horlick at No. 8 Union GroveNo. 12 Racine Case at No. 5 Kenosha Indian TrailNo. 11 Racine Park at No. 6 Kenosha Bradford/ReutherNo. 10 Lake Geneva at No. 7 Westosha CentralRegional finals, May 31Horlick-Union Grove winner at No. 1 BurlingtonIndian Trail-Racine Case winner at No. 4 WilmotRacine Park-Kenosha Bradford/Reuther winner at No. 3 WaterfordWestosha Central-Badger winner at No. 2 Kenosha TremperDivision 2Sectional 1Regional quarterfinals, May 25No. 5 Spooner at No. 4 Rice LakeNo. 6 Barron at No. 3 NorthwesternNo. 5 St. Croix Central at No. 4 OsceolaNo. 6 Amery at No. 3 Baldwin-WoodvilleNo. 7 Somerset at No. 2 PrescottNo. 5 Arcadia at No. 4 AltoonaNo. 6 Bloomer at No. 3 Black River FallsNo. 5 Nekoosa at No. 4 Wisconsin DellsNo. 6 Wautoma at No. 3 Adams-FriendshipRegional semifinals, May 30Spooner-Rice Lake winner at No. 1 AshlandNorthwestern-Barron winner at No. 2 HaywardSt. Croix Central-Osceola winner at No. 1 EllsworthBaldwin-Woodville-Amery winner vs. Somerset-Prescott winnerAltoona-Arcadia winner at No. 1 West SalemBlack River Falls-Bloomer winner at No. 2 Gale-Ettrick-TrempealeauNekoosa-Wisconsin Dells winner at No. 1 MaustonAdams-Friendship-Wautoma winner at No. 2 WestfieldSectional 3Regional quarterfinals, May 25No. 5 Richland Center at No. 4 WestbyNo. 6 Dodgeville at No. 3 ViroquaNo. 5 Lodi at No. 4 EvansvilleNo. 6 McFarland at No. 3 River ValleyNo. 5 Clinton at No. 4 MonroeNo. 6 Big Foot at No. 3 EdgertonNo. 5 Delavan-Darien at No. 4 Glendale Martin LutherNo. 6 East Troy at No. 3 WhitewaterRegional semifinals, May 30Richland Center-Westby winner at No. 1 Prairie du ChienViroqua-Dodgeville winner at No. 2 PlattevilleLodi-Evansville winner at No. 1 Mount HorebRiver Valley-McFarland winner at No. 2 Madison EdgewoodMonroe-Clinton winner at No. 1 Beloit TurnerEdgerton-Big Foot winner at No. 2 Brodhead/JudaDelavan-Darien-Martin Luther winner at No. 1 Waukesha Catholic MemorialWhitewater-East Troy winner at No. 2 Racine Lutheran/Prairie SchoolSectional 2Regional quarterfinals, May 25No. 5 Tomahawk at No. 4 MedfordNo. 6 Northland Pines at No. 3 LakelandNo. 5 Oconto Falls at No. 4 ClintonvilleNo. 6 Shawano at No. 3 PeshtigoNo. 5 Appleton Xavier at No. 4 FreedomNo. 6 New London at No. 3 Little ChuteNo. 7 Wrightstown at No. 2 WaupacaNo. 5 Two Rivers at No. 4 DenmarkNo. 6 Chilton at No. 3 ValdersRegional semifinals, May 30Tomahawk-Medford winner at No. 1 AntigoLakeland-Northland Pines winner at No. 2 MosineeClintonville-Oconto Falls winner at No. 1 SeymourPeshtigo-Shawano winner at No. 2 MarinetteXavier-Freedom winner at No. 1 Fox Valley LutheranLittle Chute-New London winner vs. Waupaca-Wrightstown winnerTwo Rivers-Denmark winner at No. 1 Luxemburg-CascoValders-Chilton winner at No. 2 Sturgeon BaySectional 4Regional quarterfinals, May 25No. 5 Berlin at No. 4 OmroNo. 6 North Fond du Lac at No. 3 WinneconneNo. 5 Lakeside Lutheran at No. 4 Lake MillsNo. 6 St. John’s Northwest Military Academy/University Lake School at No. 3 Watertown Luther PrepNo. 5 Lomira at No. 4 University School of MilwaukeeNo. 6 Hustisford/Dodgeland at No. 3 MayvilleNo. 5 Milwaukee Messmer at No. 4 Milwaukee St. Thomas MoreNo. 6 Milwaukee St. Anthony at No. 3 Milwaukee LutheranRegional semifinals, May 30Omro-Berlin winner at No. 1 WaupunWinneconne-North Fond du Lac winner at No. 2 RiponLake Mills-Lakeside Lutheran winner at No. 1 ColumbusWatertown Luther Prep-St. John’s/University Lake winner at No. 2 JeffersonUniversity School-Lomira winner at No. 1 CampbellsportMayville-Hustisford/Dodgeland winner at No. 2 Kettle Moraine LutheranMessmer-St. Thomas More winner at No. 1 Wisconsin LutheranMilwaukee Lutheran-St. Anthony winner at No. 2 St. FrancisDivision 3Sectional 1Regional quarterfinals, May 25No. 5 St. Croix Falls at No. 4 GrantsburgNo. 6 Luck/Frederic at No. 3 Clayton/Turtle LakeNo. 5 Washburn at No. 4 Cornell/Lake HolcombeNo. 6 Chetek-Weyerhaeuser at No. 3 LadysmithNo. 7 Cameron at No. 2 ChequamegonNo. 5 Colfax at No. 4 BoycevilleNo. 6 Glenwood City at No. 3 Spring ValleyNo. 5 Fall Creek at No. 4 MondoviNo. 6 Cadott at No. 3 Osseo-FairchildRegional semifinals, May 30St. Croix Falls-Grantsburg winner at No. 1 UnityClayton/Turtle Lake-Luck/Frederic winner at No. 2 CumberlandWashburn-Cornell/Lake Holcombe winner at No. 1 PhillipsLadysmith-Chetek-Weyerhaeuser winner vs. Chequamegon-Cameron winnerColfax-Boyceville winner at No. 1 Eau Claire RegisSpring Valley-Glenwood City winner at No. 2 Elk MoundMondovi-Fall Creek winner at No. 1 DurandOsseo-Fairchild-Cadott winner at No. 2 Stanley-BoydSectional 3Regional quarterfinals, May 25No. 6 Onalaska Luther at No. 4 Melrose-MindoroNo. 6 Whitehall at No. 3 NeillsvilleNo. 5 Necedah at No. 4 Iowa-GrantNo. 6 Boscobel at No. 3 BrookwoodNo. 5 New Glarus at No. 4 ParkviewNo. 6 Cuba City at No. 3 Mineral PointNo. 5 Marshall at No. 4 BellevilleNo. 6 Deerfield at No. 3 WaterlooNo. 7 Cambridge at No. 2 PoynetteRegional semifinals, May 30Onalaska Luther-Melrose-Mindoro winner at No. 1 La Crosse AquinasNeillsville-Whitehall winner at No. 2 Cochrane-Fountain CityNecedah-Iowa-Grant winner at No. 1 FennimoreBrookwood-Boscobel winner at No. 2 LancasterParkview-New Glarus winner at No. 1 DarlingtonMineral Point-Cuba City winner at No. 2 Shullsburg/BentonBelleville-Marshall winner at No. 1 Wisconsin HeightsWaterloo-Deerfield winner vs. Poynette-Cambridge winnerSectional 2Regional quarterfinals, May 25No. 5 Colby at No. 4 SpencerNo. 6 Abbotsford at No. 3 MarathonNo. 5 Amherst at No. 4 Iola-ScandinaviaNo. 6 Manawa at No. 3 Weyauwega-FremontNo. 5 Crandon at No. 4 Laona/WabenoNo. 6 Gillett/Suring at No. 3 CrivitzNo. 5 Shiocton at No. 4 BonduelNo. 6 Menominee Indian at No. 3 ReedsvilleRegional semifinals, May 30Colby-Spencer winner at No. 1 StratfordMarathon-Abbotsford winner at No. 2 AuburndaleAmherst-Iola-Scandinavia winner at No. 1 Wittenberg-BirnamwoodWeyauwega-Fremont-Manawa winner at No. 2 Stevens Point PacelliCrandon-Laona/Wabeno winner at No. 1 ColemanCrivitz-Gillett/Suring winner at No. 2 OcontoShiocton-Bonduel winner at No. 1 Neenah St. Mary CatholicReedsville-Menominee Indian winner at No. 2 BrillionSectional 4Regional quarterfinals, May 25No. 5 Algoma at No. 4 KewauneeNo. 6 Mishicot at No. 3 ManitowocNo. 7 Manitowoc Roncalli at No. 2 Southern DoorNo. 5 Montello at No. 4 Green Lake/PrincetonNo. 6 Pardeeville at No. 3 LaconiaNo. 5 Horicon at No. 4 Fond du Lac St. Mary’s SpringsNo. 6 Whitefish Bay Dominican at No. 3 Brookfield AcademyNo. 5 Racine St. Catherine’s at No. 4 Kenosha Christian LifeNo. 6 Milwaukee Heritage Christian/Trinity Academy at No. 3 Shoreland LutheranRegional semifinals, May 30Algoma-Kewaunee winner at No. 1 Gibraltar/Washington IslandManitowoc Lutheran-Mishicot winner vs. Southern Door-Roncalli winnerMontello-Green Lake/Princeton winner at No. 1 MarkesanLaconia-Pardeeville winner at No. 2 Oshkosh Lourdes/Valley ChristianHoricon-St. Mary’s Springs winner at No. 1 Winnebago LutheranBrookfield Academy-Dominican winner at No. 2 Lake Country LutheranSt. Catherine’s-Christian Life winner at No. 1 Palmyra-EagleShoreland Lutheran-Heritage/Trinity winner at No. 2 Kenosha St. JosephDivision 4Sectional 1Regional quarterfinals, May 25No. 5 Winter at No. 4 SirenNo. 5 Solon Springs at No. 4 HurleyNo. 6 Bayfield at No. 3 MellenNo. 5 Pepin/Alma at No. 4 Plum CityNo. 5 Owen-Withee at No. 4 BruceNo. 6 Flambeau at No. 3 Chippewa Falls McDonellRegional semifinals, May 30Winter-Siren winner at No. 1 WebsterNo. 3 Northwood at No. 2 Shell LakeSolon Springs-Hurley winner at No. 1 DrummondMellen-Bayfield winner at No. 2 Butternut/MercerPepin/Alma-Plum City winner at No. 1 Clear LakeNo. 3 Prairie Farm at No. 2 Eau Claire Immanuel LutheranOwen-Withee-Bruce winner at No. 1 ThorpMcDonell-Flambeau winner at No. 2 GilmanSectional 3Regional quarterfinals, May 25No. 5 Bangor at No. 4 LincolnNo. 6 Blair-Taylor at No. 3 AugustaNo. 7 Coulee Christian/Providence Academy at No. 2 Eleva-StrumNo. 5 Weston at No. 4 Wonewoc-CenterNo. 6 Hillsboro at No. 3 New LisbonNo. 5 North Crawford at No. 4 KickapooNo. 6 La Farge at No. 3 SenecaNo. 5 Cassville at No. 4 PotosiNo. 6 Wauzeka-Steuben at No. 3 RiverdaleRegional semifinals, May 30Bangor-Lincoln winner at No. 1 Independence/GilmantonAugusta-Blair-Taylor winner vs. Coulee Christian/Providence-Eleva-Strum winnerWeston-Wonewoc-Center winner at No. 1 CashtonNew Lisbon-Hillsboro winner at No. 2 RoyallNorth Crawford-Kickapoo winner at No. 1 De SotoSeneca-La Farge winner at No. 2 IthacaCassville-Potosi winner at No. 1 HighlandRiverdale-Wauzeka-Steuben winner at No. 2 River RidgeSectional 2Regional quarterfinals, May 25No. 5 Wausau Newman Catholic at No. 4 Northland Lutheran/Wisconsin Valley LutheranNo. 6 Edgar at No. 3 PrenticeNo. 5 Marshfield Columbus Catholic at No. 4 Wisconsin Rapids AssumptionNo. 6 Port Edwards at No. 3 GreenwoodNo. 7 Granton at No. 2 LoyalNo. 5 Elcho at No. 4 FlorenceNo. 6 Goodman/Pembine at No. 3 WausaukeeNo. 5 St. Thomas Aquinas/Lena at No. 4 SevastopolNo. 6 White Lake at No. 3 BowlerRegional semifinals, May 30Wausau Newman-Northland Lutheran winner at No. 1 AthensPrentice-Edgar winner at No. 2 Rib LakeColumbus Catholic-Assumption winner at No. 1 PittsvilleGreenwood-Port Edwards winner vs. Loyal-Granton winnerElcho-Florence winner at No. 1 Phelps/Three LakesWausaukee-Goodman/Pembine winner at No. 2 NiagaraSevastopol-St. Thomas Aquinas/Lena winner at No. 1 GreshamBowler-White Lake winner at No. 2 Green Bay NEW LutheranSectional 4Regional quarterfinals, May 25No. 5 Tigerton at No. 4 Tri-CountyNo. 6 Marion at No. 3 Wild RoseNo. 5 Randolph at No. 4 Hilbert/StockbridgeNo. 6 Fall River at No. 3 RioNo. 7 Cambria-Friesland at No. 2 Living Word LutheranNo. 5 Black Hawk at No. 4 SouthwesternNo. 6 Belmont at No. 3 ArgyleNo. 5 Monticello at No. 4 Faith ChristianRegional semifinals, May 30Tigerton-Tri-County winner at No. 1 Almond-BancroftWild Rose-Marion winner at No. 2 RosholtRandolph-Hilbert/Stockbridge winner at No. 1 OakfieldRio-Fall River winner vs. Living Word Lutheran-Cambria-Friesland winnerBlack Hawk-Southwestern winner at No. 1 PecatonicaArgyle-Belmont winner at No. 2 BarneveldFaith Christian-Monticello winner at No. 1 Johnson CreekNo. 3 Williams Bay at No. 2 Burlington Catholic Central
September 26 is #HumanResourceProfessionalDay. Every day, HR professionals positively impact the lives of employees in workplaces around the world and contribute to the business strategy that allows their organizations to compete, grow and thrive. We asked our bloggers to share their HR stories. As a self-described businesswoman with a specialization in Human Resource Management, I understand that organizations need to accomplish strategic outcomes and be operationally viable. With this in mind, I always stress that organizations achieve success with and through their people and not at the expense of them. As such, our work as HR professionals aligns with my personal and professional values and enables me to use my knowledge, experiences and voice to enhance the lives of others, in practical and meaningful ways. When work allows a person to fully use both their head and heart it means that they are functioning effectively and in a meaningful capacity. My role as an HR professional allows me to do exactly this and my hope is that I can help others also find satisfaction, accomplishment and joy in, and through, their work.Therefore, I didn’t choose to be in HR but rather the profession chose me. The work called to me and resonated with me as a chance to make the “experience of work” better for people at all levels in an organization.One of my first mentors told me that I would be successful in HR because I care about other people. According to this person, my technical knowledge and my strong work ethic would serve me well, but what would always stand out is my genuine desire to attend to the needs of others. Even in difficult times, and I don’t ignore that there are challenging aspects within our work, I have never forgotten this.This is a key piece of advice that I now share with others. While it is important to always be learning (i.e. to keep knowledge and certifications up to date) and to work diligently, what is most important is to do so through the lens of serving others. I always try to ground myself and my work in this philosophy as this reminds me of the core of an HR professional’s role. My ultimate hope is that I will be remembered as someone who, no matter what the situation or circumstances, genuinely cared about and for other people.
Identity fraudster faces million dollar fineA Carmichael, California, man was charged with a series of identity fraud-related offenses along with felony firearm possession after collecting stolen mail and personal identification information to make illegal purchases.Manuel Campos Rodriguez, 41, was charged with 10 counts in all, including bank fraud, aggravated identity theft, possession of credit and debit card-making equipment, possession of stolen mail, and unlawfully possessing 15 or more credit or debit cards, according to a news release issued by the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California.Court documents allege that Rodriguez stole mail and collected credit and debit cards, account numbers, social security numbers, and driver’s license numbers, which he used to make purchases at stores such as Home Depot and Macy’s. Rodriguez faces up to 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine. He is being held without bail at the Sacramento County jail. [Source: The Sacramento Bee]Feds indict blowtorch burglarsTwo men accused of using blow torches to break into Target stores across New England will be arraigned on federal charges. Investigators say the pair stole nearly $200,000 worth of iPads and iPhones in just two months. An indictment filed in US District Court in Worcester accuses Elijah Aiken and a second unnamed suspect of stealing electronics from Target stores. Investigators say the suspects used a portable blowtorch to cut through the metal doors and got inside the stores including one in Easton, Massachusetts.- Sponsor – The first theft happened in Pennsylvania in December 2014, where the pair took 15 iPads. Then over the course of two months, police say the same two men hit stores from Connecticut to New Hampshire.Investigators say they always took iPads and iPhones, and they left behind a hole in the metal doors.The biggest losses were in Massachusetts. About $154,000 worth of merchandise was stolen from the stores in Westborough and Easton. investigators say the pair would sell the goods to a buyer “in and around” New York City. Aiken was arrested at the scene of the last burglary in Connecticut. He was hiding in the snow. He was sentenced to two years in prison for that crime, but is now facing federal charges of transporting stolen goods over state lines. [Source: Boston25 News]NRF says ORC at all-time highOrganized retail crime is continuing to grow, with nearly three-quarters of retailers surveyed reporting an increase in the past year, according to the 14th annual ORC study released today by the National Retail Federation (NRF). “Retailers continue to deal with increasing challenges and complications surrounding organized retail crime,” NRF Vice President of Loss Prevention Bob Moraca said. “These criminals find new ways to expand their networks and manipulate the retail supply chain every day. The retail industry is fighting this battle by upgrading technology, improving relationships with local law enforcement and taking steps such as tightening return policies, but it is a never-ending battle.”The report found that 92 percent of companies surveyed had been a victim of ORC in the past year and that 71 percent said ORC incidents were increasing. Losses averaged $777,877 per $1 billion in sales, up 7 percent from last year’s previous record of $726,351. Retailers attributed the increase to the easy online sale of stolen goods, gift card fraud, shortage of staff in stores and demand for certain brand name items or specific products. In addition, a number of states have increased the threshold for a theft to be considered a felony, meaning criminals can steal a larger quantity of goods while keeping the crime a misdemeanor and avoiding the risk of higher penalties that come with the commission of a felony.ORC typically targets items that can be easily stolen, and quickly resold, and top items range from low-cost products like laundry detergent, razors, deodorant, infant formula and blue jeans to high-end goods like designer clothing and handbags, expensive liquor and cellphones. Stolen goods are recovered anywhere from flea markets and pawnshops to online, with gift cards often ending up on online gift card exchanges. While online fencing has increased over the years, retailers say 60 percent of recovered merchandise, on average, is found at physical locations. While at least 34 states have ORC laws, 73 percent of retailers surveyed support the creation of a federal ORC law, noting that ORC gangs often operate across state lines. [Source: BusinessWire]Task force goes after credit card skimmers(The following article was written by Brevard Sheriff Wayne Ivey) 42 law enforcement officers took a very proactive approach to protecting our citizens from credit card fraud and identity theft in preparation for the Holiday Season. As part of the initiative, Agents from the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Economic Crimes Task Force, United States Secret Service, Department of Agriculture, and FDLE physically examined 251 Gas Stations throughout Brevard County in search of illegal credit card skimmers that had been covertly installed in gas pumps.Assisted by Detectives from Cocoa Beach, Satellite Beach, Cocoa, West Melbourne, Melbourne, Palm Bay, Titusville and the Rockledge Police Departments the operation led to the seizure of 18 skimmers that had been installed inside the pumps to target unsuspecting citizens.Electronic Skimmers capture the credit card data when the credit card is used to purchase fuel, using the “pay at the pump” features offered by most Gas Stations today. The device is covertly installed inside the pump by criminals who illegally gain access to the inside of the fuel pump and later return to collect the in-line slimmer and stolen data. [Source: Space Coast Daily]Fleeing shoplifter injures police officerAn officer was injured by a shoplifting suspect who was attempting to escape arrest in a New Orleans East shopping center Sunday afternoon, according to New Orleans police. Ishionte Jachson, 23, was handcuffed after being accused of shoplifting in the 9600 block of Chef Menteur Highway, NOPD said, but managed to get loose.As an officer attempted to stop Jachson from escaping the area, she was knocked to the ground, according to NOPD spokesman Juan Barnes. The injured officer was brought to the hospital with a head injury, Barnes said. Jachson was apprehended by another officer. Her booking photo was not immediately available. Barnes said additional charges are pending. [Source: Fox8 News]Which retailer calls PD 9 times a day and who pays?Police come to arrest the person accused of stealing a $2 ChapStick and investigate the theft of $10 sunglasses. They’re asked to settle domestic spats, break up parking lot disputes and remove disorderly drunks. These calls to police, thousands of which are made each year, chew up hours of the Columbia, South Carolina, Police Department’s time. And they all start at Walmart.Four Walmart locations rely on Columbia police more than any other establishment in the city, according to The State’s review of CPD crime data from 2014 to present. The big-box retailer generated far more calls to police compared to much larger shopping centers such as Columbiana Centre, which is home to more than 100 stores, and other comparable retailers like Target.Last year alone, Columbia police responded to a Walmart, on average, nine times a day. That’s one call every three hours. And taxpayers are settling the bill. In the past four years, the vast majority of Walmart calls, about 40 percent, involved suspected theft. Only 8 percent dealt with violence or some kind of disturbance.Columbia police recognized the problem in July and stopped responding to misdemeanor shoplifting calls if the suspect had already left the store. “Just with that subtle change, we’ve been able to see a difference,” he said. Now, officers are responding to roughly 20 percent fewer incidents of Walmart shoplifting, he said. But some question whether that goes far enough. Walmart representatives recognize the problem, too, saying the company has invested millions in people, programs and technology to police their own stores. [Source: The State] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham boss Pochettino: We’re (sort of) title contendersby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is adamant they’re title contenders after victory at Everton.Tottenham have now won seven of their last eight league games and remarkably have gone 18 games since the start of the season without a draw – their second-best ever start to a top flight campaign. The best-ever was by the double-winning side of 1960-61.Pochettino said: “I still believe Liverpool and Manchester City are the real contenders and favourites to win the Premier League. We are there but (so are) Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United.“I think there is still a long way for me to say we are real contenders. In the past years, it wasn’t enough. If you compare the result with the past of Tottenham, yes, we were consistent, but not enough to be a real contender.“Now we are close but we need to be cautious, go step-by-step, game-by-game. We need to be conscious about that, we need to fight a lot, and there is still a long way for work and to be consistent.”
Twitter/Coach KMike Krzyzewski was not happy with his Blue Devils’ Monday night loss to Syracuse at Cameron Indoor Stadium. During his post-game press conference, he referred to the end of the game, which featured a few controversial calls that helped the Orange, as “amazing.” Of course, many fans found comedy in that statement because of Duke’s reputation for getting questionable calls throughout the years. North Carolina’s SportsChannel 8 made a very funny remix of K’s presser, using his quotes over Kanye West’s 808s & Heartbreak hit “Amazing,” spliced with clips of many, many controversial calls that have helped the Blue Devils over the years. We’re sure ACC fans, especially supporters of the Tar Heels, will appreciate this one.[SportsChannel 8]
Shirley McLean APTN National NewsSome Yukon families of the murdered and missing are asking the southern groups to give the national inquiry a chance.This comes after a rocky week for the embattled national inquiry that was announced in Sept. 2016 and to date has only held one public hearing.On Monday, Commissioner Marilyn Poitras announced her resignation effective July 15.What followed was a flurry of letters and calls for the remaining commissioners to resign and for the government to reset the inquiry.But the Yukon families who have testified want to be shown some respect for the hardships they’ve endured by telling their truths.“The south just has to stop and think about what they’re demanding,” said Shaun Ladue. “They’re demanding the 100 or odd people I think it was 40 families that got up and spoke at the hearing was all for not that we didn’t’ achieve anything and it did it achieved a lot and I think people in the south are not respecting us they’re not listening to us.”firstname.lastname@example.org
Newly-appointed Holland captain Virgil van Dijk took to social media express his delight in scoring his maiden goal at international level in their 3-0 win over PortugalThe Liverpool defender was announced as the captain for the side by the new coach Ronald Koeman, who had also managed Van Dijk at Southampton.After a disappointing first match as captain in their 1-0 defeat against England, Van Dijk lead the side to a 3-0 win over Euro 2016 Champions Portugal with the 26 year-old getting on the score-sheet himself with a well-taken volley for Holland’s third of the game.“Great time away with the national team. Really happy overall with the work we put in as a group during the international break capped off by a fantastic result last night against Portugal! What a feeling to score my first goal for my country too!” wrote Van Dijk on Instagram.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…
Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba has been under heavy criticism over recent months and was repeatedly left out of big games by his club coach Jose Mourinho.Amidst all the criticisms against Paul Pogba, former defender Frank Leboeuf says Pogba does not deserve a starting role for France at the World Cup in Russia this summer.He also believes it could be a similar story for the 25-year-old when Didier Deschamps comes to naming his starting line-up against Australia on June 16.With the French coach possessing a vast array of midfield options, Leboeuf claims he will be tempted to look elsewhere.‘He’s under lots of pressure and he’s been heavily criticised’, he told ESPN.‘I don’t think he’s going to start against the United States on Saturday and I’m not sure he’s going to start in the World Cup. [Corentin] Tolisso is above him on the left side. I think [Blaise] Matuidi is above him.’Report: Up to seven first team players out for United George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Manchester United have some serious injury problems with up to seven first-team players out.This Saturday, United have a Premier League clash with Leicester City….The former Chelsea defender believes Pogba puts too much pressure on himself in his pursuit of winning individual honours.‘I mean [he] has the talent, but we don’t see it for the national team for the past two or three years.‘Pogba talks about winning the Ballon d’Or and put himself in the situation where right now he cannot [back up] what he says.‘I think he’s a good guy and I think he has the talent, but he puts too much pressure on himself saying he wants to be the Ballon d’Or, that he was the key of the national team, that he wants to be the No 1. Just don’t say anything, just work hard.’France host the USA in their final warm-up match in Lyon this weekend before flying out to Russia.
Werder Bremen have announced that their young midfielder Idrissa Toure has completed his season-long loan move to Juventus with the option of making the move permanent next yearThe 20-year-old was only signed by the Bundesliga outfit last summer after spells in the reserve team with both RB Leipzig and, more recently, FC Schalke 04.The only senior-level appearance Toure has to his name came in a brief cameo for Leipzig in the second division in Germany during the 2015/16 season.Now Toure will take his talents over to Juventus’ reserve team in Serie C, where he hopes to make a lasting impression on the Italian giants so that they will take up their option to sign him permanently next season.“Idrissa should train regularly with the first team and get minutes for the second team. It’s a very good opportunity for him to develop at the highest level,” Werder sporting director Frank Baumann told the club website.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Toure made 35 appearances for Bremen in the third division last season and managed to score two goals.Idrissa #Toure has signed for Italian champions @juventusfcen on loan with an option to buy.We wish you all the best in Turin, Idrissa! ?? #werder pic.twitter.com/cgBOBBatGg— SV Werder Bremen EN (@werderbremen_en) August 3, 2018